What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Paths that Drip with Abundance

Thinking about my One Word for 2019: Abundance.  Already God is showing me so many beautiful ways that He is filling my life with His abundance.  Again, we are not speaking of material wealth or abundance...no, it is much deeper, much better, much more substantial than that. Why? Because material abundance is short-lived.  It is temporary...like everything else on the earth, it will eventually decay, turn to dust, and disintegrate.  I don't need material abundance. I need the depth of God's overflowing abundance of life, love, and everlasting joy.

Last night God blessed us with His abundant majesty in the heavens.  Here are a few pictures to show you what I mean:









I captured these glorious photos of the sunset just as we were leaving our kids' house after supper to head for choir practice at the church. I know many of you were also viewing this magnificent sunset from your homes as it seemed as though everyone was posting pictures last night on Facebook of this sunset.  No matter where you were standing, it was amazing and marvelous.  

And this is what I sang along with all of creation:


"You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp you infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above

And I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you"

To further reflect on the ways God is showering His "abundance" on my heart, this morning we read the following scripture in our time of devotions:

Psalm 65:11-13
"You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with ABUNDANCE.
They drop on the pastures of the wilderness,
And the little hills rejoice on every side.
The pastures are clothed with flocks;
The valleys also are covered with grain;
They shout for joy, they also sing."


Today I also started reading a new book, (thanks to one of our friends Cindy Conner of Creations By Cindy, for mentioning that she is beginning a Bible Study based on this book) Wonderstruck, by Margaret Feinberg.  I had some credit coming to me from Amazon.com, and was able to purchase this book for free.  I must say that I am already "Wonderstruck" by the preface and purpose of this book..."Awaken to the nearness of God"...  

Let me quote something from Margaret's introduction that caught my attention...as this is so much in keeping with what I have felt and believed and just didn't know quite how to put it in words:

"God delights for us to cup our hands in prayer and scrunch our faces against the vault of heaven in holy expectation that He will meet us in beautiful, mysterious ways.  The Creator desires to captivate us not just with his handiwork but with himself--displaying facets of his character, igniting us with his fiery love, awakening us to the intensity of his holiness." (Chapter 000. Captured by the Night Sky,  Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg, pg. 4)

So today I am even more committed to exploring where God is going to take me this year in His plan for giving me more "abundant living".  We have high expectations for the new year...and so far our plans seem to be dragging along and not getting any real traction.  I'm beginning to think that God wants to show me a more excellent way as we journey along to the way of abundance.  It's not so much about a place as it is about Him.  Perhaps you'd like to come along with me on this journey? I know you each have your own paths to explore and hills to climb.  But just maybe we can all travel together and encourage each other along the way. I think that is a big part of why we are here in "blogland" together.  What do you think?

Blessings to all of you, wherever you are, whatever your goals and passions and dreams...keep your eyes on God and He will lead you into paths that "drip with abundance".

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful sky! We had a very majestic sunset last night also. Such a gift! I love that song, It was meaningful to me when my son was terminally ill. Have a blessed day and a peaceful night!

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    1. Yes, Karen, I understand the meaningfulness of this song while facing difficult situations and uncertain futures. When we learn to just stand in awe of our magnificent Creator God, we know that He is always there for us, no matter what the situation. He carries us through those painful, grief-filled hours and days (and years) with His love and strength and power. We are blessed to be His children. Thank you for visiting today.

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  2. The skies can be so gorgeous in the evening.

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    1. Oh yes...we just need to open our eyes and behold the glory of the Lord in the heavens!! What a blessing!! Thank you for sharing this with me.

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  3. Pamela, I truly do believe that God has placed all of us in "blogland" in each other's paths, that we might learn from one another as we travel toward our eternal home. Just know, if I haven't told you before, what a positive and inspirational influence your writing/photos have upon my day. I know that whenever I open your latest message that I will encounter joy and comfort in the words I read. You are such a blessing in my life, dear friend! May God increase your abundance of blessings!

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    1. Oh dear Martha Jane...your kind words mean more to me than you can even imagine. Thank you so very much for such uplifting and encouraging words this morning. That truly makes my day start off on exactly the right foot. Expecting wonderful things today as God reveals His heart to us in so many ways...you are another of those blessings. Yes, your writings always speak to my heart as well. So glad God brought us together!!!

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  4. That sky is gorgeous! I love the comment from Martha Jane, I so agree with her. Your messages are always a blessing.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Mary. You are always a positive and encouraging blessing to me. I feel such wisdom and Godly maturity coming from you when you write, and it always makes me listen and take note. So very glad God brought us together. What a fellowship and joy divine we all have when we are united in Christ!!

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  5. Your pictures are so incredible, Pam! Thank you for sharing them with us. And the book sounds wonderful...I may need to check into that one! Isnt' it exciting to see all of the ways God provides abundance in our lives...not only the physical world, but in our depth of growth in Him...learning to appreciate Him for who He truly is.

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  6. A lovely and uplifting post, as always, Pam!! You have a great word for 2019!! Beautiful sunset photos! Just beautiful!

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  7. Pam, I am literately feeling emotional reading this post and looking at these pictures. WOW! You know, only God could have shown you such beauty and wonder. We just began our new Bible Study last night on Wonderstruck and one of the things she said in the book was this: God is busting at the seams to display His glory, His power, and His might in a way that leaves us awestruck, breathless, and wide awake to His presence in our world. God longs for us to live awake to Him and all that He is doing in our world. Indeed, our God is WONDERFUL! As soon as I saw your pictures dear friend those words of that book flooded me. You were WONDERSTRUCK! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  8. I thoroughly love your pictures of God's gift to you, that sunset. I,also, an more committed to seeking the LORD in my life. Our church family lost a Christian sister who modeled Christ's love in ways that most people would not. Her service was today, at church. The place was filled with lives she had touched. Praise God for her life. Peace and blessings to you.

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  9. This was wonderful, Pamela!

    "... encourage each other along the way. I think that is a big part of why we are here in "blogland" together. What do you think?"

    YES!

    Beautiful sunsets too.

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  10. Pamela, I simply adore you and your posts. You truly have a gift for writing and for photography. God's simple abundance is all around IF we have eyes to see.

    Blessings!

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